Configure Remote Desktop from Command Line

Open a terminal and type following command to enable the remote desktop:

$ gconftool-2 -s -t bool /desktop/gnome/remote_access/enabled true

To disable the “Ask for Confirmation” dialog

$ gconftool-2 -s -t bool /desktop/gnome/remote_access/prompt_enabled false

If you check

System -> Preferences -> Remote Desktop

you will see that it is now turned ON.

You can turn it back OFF again from the command line using this command:

$ gconftool-2 -s -t bool /desktop/gnome/remote_access/enabled false

Now login to your Linux system from SSH & by using above commands, enable or disable the remote desktop.

Once you do that, you can use VNC Viewer from the remote machine to access the gui of your linux system.


11 thoughts on “Configure Remote Desktop from Command Line

  1. Pingback: Configure Remote Desktop from Command Line | Linux Explore

  2. I have RHL5 Client. The values are accepted but VNC connection is been rejected. I also have KDE instead of gnome. Any help is appreciated.

  3. KDE does not have the menuu choice to enable Remote Desktop. I have found the command line way to set it, but it still doesn’t work. We also have RHL5 Server which have Gnome running, so I can se the Remote Desktop screen. I eventually resort to use x0vncserver, which is not that great because of a few limitation but it’s working.

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